(including marketplace professionals and entrepreneurs)
Akua Carmichael is a lawyer, author and speaker. She holds an LL.B from the University of Windsor and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Akua currently holds the position of Investigation Counsel with the Law Society of Ontario. She is a former sole practitioner in the area of Wills and Estates where she provided estate planning, administration, and litigation services. She has been a frequent speaker on estate and trust issues and written articles for Advisors Edge Report and other publications. Akua is also the author of an estate planning manual and workbook titled “My Lifeprint”.
Akua is passionate about teaching and sharing life transforming truths as a follower of Jesus.
Co-founder and CEO
Peter Shaukat was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. With a professional background in chemical engineering, education and business, he is co-founder and CEO of a global investment fund which has invested in some 55 Kingdom-focused companies in a dozen industry sectors in over 20 countries across North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Having served in cross-cultural mission for over 40 years on 6 continents, Peter has given leadership to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including a satellite television media company in the Arab world, a maternal mortality reduction program in Africa, an engineering company in South Asia, and major international mission agencies. He and Krista have been married for 37 years, have 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Chair Advisory Board
Over the past 35 years Bruce has had the privilege of serving in an eclectic group of initiatives that have provided a broad range of experience in the for-profit, non-profit and congregational ministry arenas.
All of these experiences have had a common thread running through them, that is to build up and developing people to reach their potential in all areas of life.
Through all of these roles and responsibilities Bruce’s wife, Wanda has been right there providing her own unique gifts and abilities.
The most important role and privilege that Bruce and Wanda have is to be the parents of five remarkable children, all of whom are married to wonderful spouses and to date, there are 16 grandchildren. At this stage in their lives Bruce and Wanda are increasingly aware of the power of being intentional about the legacy they will leave.
Human Resources Practitioner
Founder of Called to the Marketplace
Marian Nacpil founded “Called to the Marketplace”, a workplace ministry that is committed to equipping Christians for missional living and working for the common good, through group prayer, Bible studies, seminar presentations and joint events like Live Called. The call to marketplace ministry emerged while working as a Human Resources practitioner. Following the Spirit's leading she pursued seminary studies, completing her MTS and ThM degrees. Marian shares that the marketplace is an important mission field that needs to be sowed anew with God's Word, and where our calling to witness to Christ, in word and deed, has to be vigorously pursued. She also occasionally writes on the ways that the church, the people of God, can publicly express what it means to love God and our neighbour in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world.
For over 20 years, Ann has used her range of ministry skills to bring innovative ideas to major events, logistics, missions projects, and strategic planning to Christian organizations around the world. As part of the program and operations teams behind InterVarsity’s powerful Urbana Student Mission Conference, Ann has helped shape missions mindsets since 1996. Since then, Ann has enjoyed connections within the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, the World Evangelical Alliance, the Lausanne Movement, Operation World, the International Justice Mission and the global Christian tech hub. Her current role as the Global Workplace Forum Director for the Lausanne Movement has uniquely positioned her to engage with the integration of work and faith that is happening around the world.
At a national level, Ann is proud of her involvement as a member of the Board of Directors for Food for the Hungry Canada. Locally she provides leadership as an elder at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Ann’s unique gifting, experience, and passion for helping ministries do ministry better continues to provide benefits around the globe.